Zahra Niroobakhsh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Office: 350D Flarsheim Hall
Houman has received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. He joined the research group in January 2019 as a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at UMKC. He is currently developing a liquid/liquid 3D printing method using surfactant self-assemblies and microstructures at fluids interfaces.
Mahsa has received her bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Science, Tehran, Iran. She holds a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Engineering from University of Tehran, focused on enhancing the stability of drug delivery systems. She joined the research group in August 2019 and started her interdisciplinary Ph.D. program focused on Mechanical Engineering and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is currently working on creating giant vesicles using single chain amphiphiles via droplet-based microfluidic systems for pharmaceutical applications and optimizing emulsion for oil spill remediation.
Lauren Hernandez has received a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Minor in Physics from the University of Missouri, Kansas City May 2020. She joined the research group March 2018 as an junior undergrad. She earned Deans List in 2019. Then joined Order of the Engineer to uphold the responsibility of carrying out safe and humane engineering practices in society, and putting the safety of others as her upmost priority when designing/building anything for public use. As of August 2020, she will continue her research as a graduate student at UMKC. Lauren is developing a 3D printing method using Hydrogel mixtures in the lab.
Timothy is an undergraduate senior in Mechanical Engineering and joined the lab Spring of 2019 . Before pursuing his engineering degree, he worked in the United States Navy for eight years as an aviation electronics technician. Timothy has acheived Dean’s list honors Fall 2017, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. He won a UMKC SEARCH research grant Fall 2019 and participated in the UMKC 20th Annual Symposium of Undergraduate Research Spring 2020. He is currently working on the effect of chemical dispersants for oil spill remediation.
As an Air Force officer of seven years Ryan worked on several technologically advanced projects, traveled the world working with multiple foreign allies, and inspired young military officer to make the world better. He implemented Presidentially-directed policies and served in a diplomatic capacity to negotiate new contract efforts with foreign militaries. Ryan began his engineering undergraduate coursework in 2018. His previous engineering research focused on pulse power and high-power microwaves. Ryan joined the group in May, 2020. His current research focus is on soft materials and flexible electronics.
Austin Stark, UMKC undergraduate researcher, 5/2019 – 12/2019
Lauren Hernandez, UMKC undergraduate researcher, 3/2018 – 5/2020
Nyla Gwan, UMKC undergraduate researcher, 5/2019 – 5/2020